SAY WHAT? Stars You Probably Didn’t Know Were Black was originally published on

1. Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

The ‘Flashdance’ actress’ father is black and mother is Irish.

2. Colin Kapernick

Colin Kapernick

Although he was adopted into an all white family, Colin’s biological parents are black.

3. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

In the event that her diva antics make you forget, Mariah Carey’s father is black and her mother is white.

4. Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries, yes Kim Kardashian’s ex, is half black and half Caucasian.

5. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

The legendary baseball player is mixed with African American and Irish.

6. Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

The Victoria’s Secret supermodel is mixed with African, West Indian and Portuguese.

7. Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks

Jordin is half black and half Caucasian.

8. Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

The actress’ mother is Afro-Cuban.

9. Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

Wentworth was born in England to a black father and a white mother.

10. Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph

The ‘SNL’ actress is the daughter of soul singer Minnie Ripperton.

11. Slash


Rock legend Slash is half black, thanks to his mom and European.

12. Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz

The lead singer of rock band ‘Fall Out Boy’ is half black. His grandfather is Jamaican and father is African American.

13. Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne is part black and part Samoan.

14. Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien

Soledad’s mother is Afro-Cuban and her dad is Australian.

15. Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel

While he doesn’t identify himself as black, he has been known to say he’s “a person of color”. Vin has never met his biological father but his step father is black.

16. Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Rashida is the daughter of media mogul Quincy Jones.